Referee Registration

Referees have to register annually with the County FA in which they reside in order to be appointed to games by leagues and other competitions.

How much does it cost to register?

It costs £20 per season to register with The FA, which is usually less than one match fee.

Can I register online?

Yes! Registration can be completed through the FA Whole Game System (please click the Whole Game System to log on to the site). This is a much simpler process from the previous postal registration service, and cuts down on unnecessary paperwork and administration. You will need a debit/credit card in order to register online, and will receive a confirmation e-mail with your registration number on. In the Documents section below, there is a detailed Online Registration Guide that will walk you through the process step-by-step should you need it.

What are the benefits of registering as a referee?

Under FA regulations, referees MUST register in order to referee in affiliated competitions, and leagues are forbidden form appointing unregistered referees to games under any circumstances. There are so many benefits of registering, however, that it is difficult to understand why a referee might not wish to register. Please see the attached file in the Documents section entitled Referee Registration Benefits for a list of benefits that you will get from registering with the Derbyshire County FA.

What if I don’t register with the DCFA for a period of time? Can I re-register when I want to start refereeing again?

If a referee has not registered for one season, they may be re-registered with their County FA upon payment of the annual registration fee. A referee who has failed to register with their County FA for between two and five seasons shall not be re-registered until they have successfully undertaken and completed the Basic Referees Course written examination. The County FA can then register the referee at their former level (up to Level 5) once they are satisfied with his/her competence. A referee who has not registered for more than five seasons must attend and successfully complete the Basic Referees Course, at which point they will be registered as a Level 7 referee.

I have tried to register online, but it says I have not completed my Safeguarding Children requirements?

This will usually occur if you have turned 18 years old since you last registered, as the system will not allow you to register as a referee without having completed an enhanced CRB Disclosure. Please contact the Referee Development Officer who will be able to offer advice and guidance on what to do next.

For any other registration queries, please contact:
T: 01332 361422 (option 2)

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